First Vestas V112-3.0MW turbines ready to go

3MW units pre-assembled and pre-commissioned onshore

Vestas has delivered its first-ever shipment of V112-3.0 MW turbines. Sixteen units have been pre-assembled and pre-commissioned at the Port of Esbjerg, Denmark. They will soon be shipped to the site of E.ON's 48MW Kårehamn project, currently under construction in the Swedish Baltic Sea.

The Danish company has used its new onshore pre-assembly and pre-commissioning concept to cut costs, lower risks and speed up offshore installation. Vestas Offshore's senior vice president, Uffe Vinther-Schou, said it marked "an important milestone for both the V112 offshore turbine and the pre-assembly concept."

The V112-3.0MW will also power E.ON's 219MW Humber Gateway project. In addition, 72 V112-3.0 MW turbines are also destined for the 216 MW Northwind project, off the coast of Belgium, and Vestas is on track to supply 43 units for the Eneco-Mitsubishi project, Luchterduinen. It is not yet clear whether Vestas will clinch the deal to supply Vattenfall's Kentish Flats Extension. If it does, the order would be for 30 units.

Installation of the turbines at Kårehamn will be carried out by MPI Discovery and all units should be in place by the autumn.

The €120m Kårehamn development will be E.ON´s first Swedish offshore wind farm. It is one of three E.ON projects being built in a coordinated way, using vessels shared across three sites. Over the next two years, MPI Discovery – and at times, MPI Adventure – will be deployed at Kårehamn, Humber Gateway and Amrumbank West. In total, 325 components will be handled and installed; 169 turbines, 153 monopile foundations, a substation jacket and two substation topsides.

Vestas says it is intent on lowering offshore wind costs. Its head of pre-assembly, Bo Bjerregaard said: "Going forward, we want to assemble as [many] of our offshore projects onshore as possible."

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